One on One Interview with Randi Muhammad
“Inside A MGT Home”
RANDI MUHAMMAD (RM): The foundation is the MGT & GCC (Muslim Girls Training & General Civilization Class); but I have to say there was no process that led me to choose that title. I think I somehow knew what it would be called after the first paragraph. What I didn't know is that I would be writing a book. My original thought was to write a few pages that I could share in MGT class.
FC: How and why did you choose the title of your book and why did you begin with a chapter on getting organized?
RM: The foundation is the MGT & GCC (Muslim Girls Training & General Civilization Class); but I have to say there was no process that led me to choose that title. I think I somehow knew what it would be called after the first paragraph. What I didn't know is that I would be writing a book. My original thought was to write a few pages that I could share in MGT class.
I began with getting organized because organizing and decluttering has to come first. It's all a part of cleaning. The definition of those two words fueled the entire chapter. I also know that once you organize your space, it will be that much easier to decide the overall mood and look you want to create in that space.
FC: Your book has more text and fewer pictures than most interior design projects. Why did you lay out this way?
RM: There was a lot that I wanted and still want to say. I think a lot of times smoke and mirrors or in this case, pretty pictures are used as a distraction. When you read books by the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, there's no window dressing or fluff, just the plain truth. I wanted to try to follow the example set by these amazing leaders.
FC: What is similar and different about “Inside A MGT Home” and other housekeeping or interior design coffee books currently on the market?
RM: I'd say the similarities are that they all show you what's possible. However, I believe that the difference between "Inside A MGT Home" and the others is that it covers much more than just home decor and entertaining. That and the fact that (to my knowledge) it's the only one of its kind that was founded on the teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
FC: The displays in your book show really spacious homes with room to work with but what if one rents a small studio or one bedroom apartment and feels cramped? How can they achieve what you've shown or make even a rented room beautiful?
RM: The principles are the same. If one room is what you have to work with, decide on the mood you want to create. Maybe it's warm and comfortable, bright and cheerful, or sleek and contemporary, what ever you want it to be. You can then select colors that evoke that particular emotion. If it's within your budget, add artwork, an area rug, or update your bedding. Add or change window treatments, and maybe add a few accessories and plants. If you would like to divide your space to create different areas, that can be done with a well placed bookshelf, screen, or fabric drape. Even with the tightest of budgets, you can make a difference. Another alternative would be to bring in additional color by using an accent fabric. Fabric can still be purchased for .99 per yard. Swag a couple of yards on the window and make a few coordinating pillows, or lampshades. Trust your imagination.
FC: Thank you.